Water levels still rising
Friday, April 12, 2013 6:48 PM
PUTNAM COUNTY - As of 10 p.m. Friday night, the water levels of the Blanchard River in Ottawa and the Auglaize River at Fort Jennings were still rising.
The 10 p.m. report for the Blanchard River at Ottawa was 26.61 feet. Village officials said Friday night they expect the river to go over the predicted crest of 27 feet by the National Weather Service before the river crests.
St. Rt. 224 West in Ottawa is closed due to the high water as are several streets on the west side of the village because of high water. South Oak St. between Second St. and Williamstown Rd, is closed because of high water.
St. Rt. 65 was still open as of 10 p.m., but if the water level continues to rise it could be closed overnight.
The Auglaize River at Fort Jennings was at 15.32 feet an distill rising at the 10 p.m. reading, well above the expected crest of 14 feet by the weather service.
For the Blanchard River at Ottawa: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=iwx&gage=otto1
Congressman Bob Latta, County Commissioner Travis Jerwers and Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer were among local officials looking over the flood waters in Ottawa Friday night. The group is at the edge of the flood waters on South Oak Street.